Johnny Rozsa

Johnny Rozsa is a New York-based photographer, specializing in fashion, portrait, and celebrity photography.

Rozsa was born and raised in Nairobi, the son of Jewish Hungarian-Czech parents. He later moved to England, where he graduated from Repton in 1964. Rozsa then studied architecture, painting, and communications at Manchester University and communications at Polytechnic of Central London. Afterwards, he interned at Vogue under Grace Coddington and later ran Nostalgia, a vintage shop in Covent Garden, where he met fashion editors, models, actors, and photographers on a daily basis.

In the late 1970s, Rozsa began his photography career in London. By 1978, he had a series of four full-page celebrity portraits in Ritz, with accompanying interviews.

Throughout his lifetime, Rozsa has photographed celebrities such as Hugh Grant, Halle Berry, Janet Jackson, Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, and Natasha Richardson. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Vogue, i-D, Maxim, The Face, The New York Times, Newsweek, New York Magazine, and People. His portraits of Ian Charleson, Sade, Marilyn, and Martin Degville are part of the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery in London. His photographs of Leigh Bowery have been exhibited in museums including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the Kunsthalle in Vienna, and the Kunstverein in Hanover. Rozsa has also exhibited at the Venice Biennale.

Rozsa was introduced to Buddhism by Tina Turner in 1982 and has been a Nichiren Buddhist for over 25 years.